5th March 2020 — Children at Spratton Hall School in Northamptonshire, joined in with the fun of World Book Day 2020, bringing their favourite literary characters to life.
The school had a full day of book-related activities, that ranged from a fancy dress parade, storytelling sessions in secluded nooks around the grounds, and also a ‘share a story’ initiative, where older children shared their favourite book with others in the years below them.
For the first year, costumes for the character’s in David Walliams’ expansive catalogue surpassed those from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, with a particular favourite being the lead character in ‘The Boy in the Dress’. The children's costumes were approved by David Walliams himself, who liked the picture the school had posted on Twitter.
The day before, the school had welcomed acclaimed author Megan Rix, who had visited Spratton to sign copies of her books and to talk to the children about what had inspired her to write, including her beloved pet Labradors.
The Headmaster Mr. Simon Clarke (who today, was masquerading as Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) was delighted by the children’s efforts: ‘The children could choose whether they wanted to come in costume and the majority did. It’s a great opportunity for them to express themselves and be creative, but most importantly it helps them to embrace the wonder of books and the joy of reading’.